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Displaying articles for: May 2011

The future of the Internet may be taking another leap - the mobile app is what’s driving the Internet in business, entertainment and social networking. And according to Forrester Research, it will grow to be the dominant Internet point of presence.


And our technological transaction future doesn’t stop there – Google Wallet is just one of the emerging phone-swipe purchasing apps that will be available to further increase our reliance on cell phones into all-in-one devices.


What does this mean for you as a small business?  Clearly, location-specific offers for retailers will become ever more important.  If you aren’t using Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook and other services that can target your market, you’re missing out because they are commonly used apps on mobile phones.


In Time for Father’s Day - ‘Dadpreneurs’ Get Ready to Win $5,000 Cash!

by Employee on ‎05-27-2011 09:37 AM - last edited on ‎06-06-2011 11:28 AM by Employee

With Father’s Day fast upon us, it makes sense for us to recognize some of our entrepreneurs who do double duty as dads. If you’re a dad and a Verizon customer who owns your own business, we have a contest that recognizes all your hard work.


Verizon’s ‘Hardest Working Small Biz Dad’ contest  begins today and runs through June 19th.  It’s simple to enter –  just share your story with us. Tell us how you manage running your own business and your household by either uploading a short video or submitting a blog post. 


The ‘Hardest Working Small Biz Dad’ in America will win $5,000 cash, 6 months of Verizon Websites powered by Intuit or Verizon WebListings, and free monthly maid service for an entire year.  Just think of all the points you’ll earn with your spouse if neither of you need to clean for an entire year!  Imagine the other things you can do… catch up on projects or finally tackle that long list of errands.  The cash can go toward anything you desire, whether you put it towards your business or invest in some new technology (see the latest DROID phones here)… It’s your call. You deserve it! 



Featuring Author Don Tapscott: LIVE Webinar and LIVE Tweet Chat this Week

by Employee ‎05-24-2011 03:00 PM - edited ‎05-24-2011 03:01 PM

The Verizon Authors Series was designed to bring experts to small businesses.  All this month we gave away featured author, Don Tapscott’s book “Macrowikinomics – Rebooting Business and the World.”


Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25th, at 2 p.m. ET Don will host a live (free) webinar presented by the Verizon Small Business Center and then be available for an hour on Twitter on Thursday, May 26th at 6 p.m. ET to answer questions and offer advice.


This isn’t a new topic as many articles have been written about the importance of having a plan in case a disaster strikes and puts your business in jeopardy.


We have even blogged about it in the past and while it doesn’t seem like anything will ever happen to your business, it would be wise if you were prepared and had planned for it.


Social Media Tips for Every Small Business

by Employee ‎05-20-2011 12:09 PM - edited ‎05-24-2011 07:25 AM

I had a wonderful experience today at the events taking place in Washington D.C. during National Small Business Week.  The Social Media Forum: Get Your Business Connected offered great tips to the many small – and medium-sized businesses in the audience.  Check out this video featuring one of the speakers from this forum: Rieva Lesonsky.


National Small Business Week was feted across the country this past week.  And the question has been asked if small business is doing anything different than other businesses – i.e., holding onto their cash.


It may be that small businesses are continuing to use personal savings and credit cards because community banks are still having a hard time of it with lending. Community banks faced a deadline this week to apply for more than $9 billion in loan funding for small businesses.


Verizon Champions Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

by Employee ‎05-16-2011 01:27 PM - edited ‎05-18-2011 08:23 AM

It’s National Small Business Week.  As I had mentioned on Friday’s Weekly Roundup, we feel everyday here at Verizon, we work to help small- and medium-sized businesses be productive, have the right tools and put experts at your fingertips.  So in our eyes, every week we’re celebrating small businesses! 


Here at Verizon we support SMBs by bringing a broad range of products and services to help you run your business better, faster and more productively.  From our bundled solution which includes the essential services your business needs  (phone, Internet, Internet security, online backup, Google Apps for Business, and an easy do-it-yourself website building platform) to additional cloud bases services, we are SMBs champions.     


Weekly Roundup - Cybercrime and Data Breaches Can Be Prevented

by Employee ‎05-13-2011 02:18 PM - edited ‎05-16-2011 01:21 PM

Happy Friday!  Next week is National Small Business Week.  I feel everyday here at Verizon, we work to help small and medium-sized businesses be productive, have the right tools and put experts at your fingertips.  So in our eyes, every week we’re celebrating small businesses! 


I hope you know that if you ever have a question about our services or if you have questions for our webinar guests or our featured authors, you can always reach out to us by posting a comment at the end of any of our blogs or send an email to 


May Featured Author - Don Tapscott

by Employee on ‎05-12-2011 03:12 PM - last edited on ‎05-12-2011 06:53 PM by Employee

Our featured author this month is Don Tapscott, author of more than 20 books including, “Macrowikinomics – Rebooting Business and the World.”  In demand around the world for his insights into innovation, Don talks about how emerging trends are changing the competitive landscape for small businesses everywhere.



Thanks to the rise of the internet and the accompanying digital tools, never before has it been easier to start a business. Collaborative web technologies enable individuals and small businesses to harness world-class capabilities, access markets, and serve customers in ways that only large corporations could in the past. Small and medium size enterprises, for example, can make and sell products to a global market without having to manufacture anything themselves.


Do you really want to blog about entrepreneurship and venture capital?  Sure.

My colleague Dan and I were asked by Ellen Yu and the Verizon Small Business team to share our thoughts and information about start- ups, entrepreneurship, from our perspective at Verizon's corporate venture investing program (


Introducing New Bloggers from Verizon Ventures

by Employee ‎05-10-2011 10:22 AM - edited ‎05-10-2011 10:39 AM

Hello readers!  Please meet Mark Smith and Dan Keoppel, the team that runs Verizon Ventures, a specialized group that seeks out and invests in promising entrepreneurial companies to drive innovation in Verizon.


I asked both Mark and Dan to join as bloggers to provide their insights as both have reviewed many business plans and have heard many proposals from small- and medium-sized companies. 



Today’s jobs report adds fuel to the economy’s split personality where employment is improving while unemployment persists at 9%. Even before this, however, small business owners were still planning to add employees to their staffs according to a Citibank survey.


The good news this past week, of course, is that whenever the cost of doing business (e.g., price of oil, interest rates) drops, the potential for improved profit margins increase.  In fact, according to a FedEx Office poll it appears that 58% of small businesses believe the worst is over. The other news is that these same indicators could indicate a weakening in theU.S. economy.


Don Tapscott is joining us as our May guest author to provide insights and advice to small businesses.  Tapscott is well-known in business and economic circles for his incisive articulation of the trends and forces that shape the world economy and our lives.


The author of 13 books over the past 20 years, his most recent title, “Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World,” follows up on his 2007 international best seller, “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” and how companies can harness the mass participation in the online world to create new products, services and benefit from them.


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Tumara Jordan

Senior Manager: Verizon Business Markets

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Tumara is a contributor to the Business Markets Marketing team and she currently manages Social Media marketing campaigns.

Kelly Boyd

Marketing Analyst, Verizon Business Markets

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Kelly is a member of the OOF Verizon Business Markets Creative & MarCom team where she leads social media marketing.


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